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By Jessica Baker, Eller Marketing ’15

Eller’s first social media giving campaign, Show Your Love for Eller Class Challenge, raised $12,354 to support the Professional Development Center (PDC) project. The challenge ran online throughout the month of September. Out of the nine classes, the class of 2010 raised the most money at $7,849 and the class of 2011 had the greatest number of participants.

The challenge gave alumni the chance to reminisce about their time at Eller while highlighting upcoming activities and events that recent graduates can get involved in, such as Professional Admission interviews.

The money they contributed will be used toward a new addition to McClelland Hall, the  two-story PDC, which will feature a 20-person conference room especially for career presentations by alumni, mentors, and employees. The building will also include a 50-person classroom, interview rooms, offices for undergraduate career coaches, a flexible student collaboration hub, and team rooms for students to schedule mock presentations.

The facility will allow Eller College to improve its professional development services and amenities so they reflect industry standards. The design phase of the project is planned to begin in January 2015, with construction scheduled to commence in May.

The construction team must wait until all the funds are raised before beginning work. Now, including the fundraising from the challenge, the PDC project is over halfway to its $5 million goal for build out.

Top artist’s rendering of the Eller Professional Development Center by Rob Paulus Architects.